Homily for Friday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Year A

Homily for Friday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Year A

Theme: CONSULTING THE PRIMARY SOURCE

By: Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare

Homily for Friday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Year A

Sirach 6:5-17/Psalm 119:12,16,18,27,34,35/Mark 10:1-12

Moses remains a great figure both for Jews and Christians. His life inspires and instructs many. He is known as the friend of God. After his death, we read from Jude that the dead body of Moses was protected and lifted by the angels of God.

If we talk of credibility in Divine teaching, no one will challenge the words of Moses. His words were never challenged by the people of Israel. Today, we hear from Jesus that some teachings of Moses was conditioned on the moral framework of the people of God. Unfortunately, we are unable to discover all of such teachings. Luckily, Jesus' ministry offer us insightful perspectives. One quick example is the interpretation of the Sabbath law. Another is the law of offering in Church and providing for parents.

Faced with this reality, we will do well to love our priests and ministers, listen to them and heed their council but we must do more for ourselves. Great homilies and sermons could be shaped by happenings within the moment or attitude of the hearers. Let me not mention the particular capacity of the speaker and level of knowledge.

We need to listen to Jesus in Sacred Scripture plus Tradition as well as learn an attitude of contemplation. The Word of God should not be ignored in our daily search for truth. Preaching, sermons and authored books should not be our only sources for Divine guidance. Let us learn to sit at the feet of Jesus in His Word and in prayerful silence.

PRAYER POINTS

~That we will be lovers of Scriptures

~For Divine guidance for all ministers of the Word

~For the courage to present the unadulterated Word of God

(Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare of the Catholic Diocese of Obuasi)

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